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Alvarez drove in a career-high six runs with his second two-homer game in two days, powering Pittsburgh past the Cleveland Indians 9-5 Sunday.
"I'm just glad to help us win the series," Alvarez said as music blared in the clubhouse following the Pirates' second victory in three games, giving them a sixth series win in their last seven matchups.
Alvarez seemed unfazed by his own accomplishment -- hitting three-run homers in the fourth and fifth innings for his fourth career multihomer game. He also doubled, for his first game of three extra-base hits.
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His previous two multihomer games also came in consecutive games, July 20-21 against Milwaukee.
"It's just coincidence," Alvarez said of homering twice in consecutive games once again.
Manager Clint Hurdle said Alvarez has worked hard to lift his average to .207 with a team-high 12 homers and 34 RBIs, three behind team leader Andrew McCutchen. Alvarez has 10 RBIs in four games after going 10 games without any.
"He's worked hard to get to a better place," Hurdle said. "He drove one ball to right, then took advantage of a mistake and hit another. He had a very good day at the plate."
Tony Watson (4-0), the second of five Pirates pitchers, worked 1 2/3 innings of relief for the win.
Jeanmar Gomez (4-6) allowed eight runs - four earned - over 4 1/3 innings for Cleveland, which lost for the fifth time in six games. Eight runs came directly after three errors by shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera.
"It was a bad day for me," Cabrera said. "We lost the game right there on the errors I made."
Pittsburgh scored nine runs for the second straight game after totaling 13 runs during a four-game losing streak.
Cleveland's Jason Kipnis had three hits and scored twice. He put the Indians ahead with two outs in the first inning by hitting his team-leading 11th homer, off Pirates starter Brad Lincoln. Casey Kotchman's run-scoring single made it 2-0 in the second.
Alvarez put the Pirates up 3-2 in the fourth. His line drive into the right field seats came after Cabrera fielded a two-out grounder by Casey McGehee, but threw it away.
"We gave them a gift run," Hurdle said. "It should have been a sacrifice fly. That ball needs to be caught."
Presley came back in the fifth with his fifth homer, and second in two days to tie it at 4.
Later in the inning, Cabrera made two errors on a potential inning-ending double play grounder by McGehee with the bases loaded. Cabrera ranged near second base and lifted his glove too soon on the play. The ball trickled away as one run scored. Cabrera then tried to scoop it to Kipnis at second for a forceout, but rolled it past him instead, as another Pirate crossed the plate.
"That was a perfect groundball for a double play," Cabrera said. "I missed the ball so I tried to get it to Kipnis."
Esmil Rogers then replaced Gomez and Alvarez hit a 1-1 pitch over the wall in right for his 12th homer and 9-4 lead.
"That made me feel bad, too, but there's nothing I can do," Cabrera said. "It (the errors) already happened. You have to finish the game."
Cabrera had only three errors in his first 55 games and had not made a miscue in 33 games since May 7.
"You are not going to see that team make three errors in a game often," Hurdle said. "We made them pay. We were able to add on and that's usually a difference maker."
With one out in the ninth, Cabrera lined a ball off the wall in right, but wasn't running full speed around first base. He tried to hustle to second for a double, but was thrown out by right fielder Garrett Jones.
Cabrera said he thought the ball was going to be caught.
Michael Brantley, whose 22-game hitting streak was snapped Saturday, doubled home Kipnis in the seventh.
|Pittsburgh's Pedro Alvarez drives in a career-high six runs while notching his second consecutive two-homer game. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Alex Presley, LF||5||1||1||1||0||0||1||.224|
|Neil Walker, 2B||3||1||1||0||1||1||0||.271|
|Andrew McCutchen, CF||5||1||2||0||0||0||2||.325|
|Garrett Jones, RF||3||2||0||0||1||0||2||.253|
|Jose Tabata, RF||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.234|
|Casey McGehee, 1B||5||2||1||1||0||2||1||.241|
|Pedro Alvarez, 3B||4||2||3||6||0||0||1||.207|
|Matt Hague, DH||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.222|
|Clint Barmes, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.188|
|Michael McKenry, C||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||.175|
|2B - Andrew McCutchen (11, Gomez), Jose Tabata (12, Accardo), Pedro Alvarez (11, Rogers)|
|HR - Alex Presley (5, Gomez), Pedro Alvarez 2 (12, Gomez, Rogers)|
|RBI - Alex Presley (12), Casey McGehee (15), Pedro Alvarez 6 (34)|
|2-OUT RBI - Pedro Alvarez 3 (10)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|Outfield Assists - Jose Tabata 1|
|DP - Hughes-Barmes-McGehee|
|Tony Watson (W,4-0)||1.2||1||0||0||0||1||0||3.74|
|WP - Tony Watson (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Brad Lincoln 67-47, Tony Watson 25-17, Jared Hughes 26-13, Jason Grilli 13-9, Joel Hanrahan 13-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Lincoln 2-6, Jared Hughes 4-1, Jason Grilli 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Brad Lincoln 19, Tony Watson 6, Jared Hughes 8, Jason Grilli 3, Joel Hanrahan 3|
|Shin-Soo Choo, RF||5||0||1||2||0||1||3||.262|
|Asdrubal Cabrera, SS||5||0||2||0||0||0||1||.303|
|Jason Kipnis, 2B||5||2||3||1||0||1||1||.284|
|Jose Lopez, DH||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.241|
|Michael Brantley, CF||4||0||1||1||0||1||1||.280|
|Jack Hannahan, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.268|
|Johnny Damon, LF||4||2||2||0||0||1||1||.186|
|Casey Kotchman, 1B||4||0||1||1||0||1||1||.221|
|Lou Marson, C||2||1||1||0||2||0||0||.254|
|2B - Shin-Soo Choo (18, Lincoln), Michael Brantley (18, Hughes), Johnny Damon (3, Lincoln)|
|HR - Jason Kipnis (11, Lincoln)|
|RBI - Shin-Soo Choo 2 (22), Jason Kipnis (41), Michael Brantley (31), Casey Kotchman (23)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jason Kipnis (14), Michael Brantley (13), Casey Kotchman (6)|
|SB - Jason Kipnis (17, 2nd base off Lincoln/McKenry), Johnny Damon (2, 2nd base off Lincoln/McKenry)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - A. Cabrera-Kipnis-Kotchman, Accardo-A. Cabrera-Kotchman|
|E - Asdrubal Cabrera 3 (6, Throwing)|
|Jeanmar Gomez (L,4-6)||4.1||7||8||4||2||1||2||4.95|
|IBB - G. Jones by Jeanmar Gomez|
|HBP - Walker (by Esmil Rogers)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jeanmar Gomez 82-49, Esmil Rogers 40-26, Jeremy Accardo 26-17|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeanmar Gomez 9-4, Esmil Rogers 1-5, Jeremy Accardo 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Jeanmar Gomez 23, Esmil Rogers 11, Jeremy Accardo 7|
|Attendance - 27388|
|Game Time - 3:00|
|Temperature - 78|
|Umpires - Home - Adrian Johnson, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Field Culbreth|